kidsPACK holds a seat on the Polk County Food Security Council and this year, the group, along with their hosting partner Polk Vision and The Health Council of West Central Florida held the fist Polk County Hunger Action Summit!
Along with kidsPACK so many community organizations attended – all focused-on collaborating with one another to take direct action in our community to fight hunger! The agenda was fully packed with mentoring resources from UF IFAS Food Safety and Distribution, Feeding Tampa Bay, Department of Children & Families, WIC and many more!
Probably the most important piece of information shared was from The Health Council of West Central Florida. Cassandra Allen Health Planner/Data Coordinator and Teresa Kelly Executive Director were both there and distributed An Executive Assessment Summary for Polk Food Security. This summary consolidates all the interested parties and Stakeholders’ information and voices to produce an overall view of hunger situations including statistics in Polk County, FL.
The Polk Food Security Council consists of stakeholders from diverse food-related sectors and exists to examine the local Food system, identify ideas and recommend improvement through partnerships and policy change. Current representation Is from kidsPACK, Polk Vision, United Way of Central Florida, Leading Health, Healthy Start Coalition, Advent Health, WIC, VISTE, Polk Board of County Commissioners, Florida Department of Health, US Department of Agriculture, Blessings and Hope Ministries, BayCare, Central Florida Development Council, Talbot House Ministries, One More Child, Lake Wales Care Center, Midwest Food Bank, Mid-Florida American Red Cross, Polk County School Board, University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Science and the City of Haines City.